The Soil prom­ises fire­works

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

MATEKANE Group of Com­pa­nies (MGC) sub­sidiaries, Ma­luti Sky and Mpilo Bou­tique Ho­tel, will to­mor­row host a show fea­tur­ing award-win­ning South African acapella group The Soil at Mpilo Bou­tique Ho­tel.

Ac­cord­ing to MGC Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Head, Mamo­take Matekane, the show is meant to pro­mote the group’s avi­a­tion com­pany and ho­tel.

“Mpilo Bou­tique and Ma­luti Sky are both new ba­bies in their re­spec­tive fields, so we are try­ing to pro­mote them by show­ing peo­ple that they can ac­tu­ally en­joy them as a pack­age. They can fly to and from Le­sotho with Ma­luti Sky and then sleep at Mpilo Bou­tique Ho­tel. They can also fly to any tourism des­ti­na­tion they want to visit in the coun­try with our he­li­copter,” she said.

Matekane said The Soil would pilot MGC’S “Vin­tage Nights” event that would be held on an an­nual ba­sis with dif­fer­ent artists.

“We are try­ing to be in­no­va­tive in ev­ery­thing we do hence our de­ci­sion to take the clas­sic route and host Vin­tage Nights. We al­ready have a col­lec­tion of vin­tage cars which will make our vi­sion a re­al­ity,” she said.

“It has al­ways been our dream to host The Soil, but that was not pos­si­ble last year since the ho­tel was not yet op­er­a­tional and they had to opt for an­other venue.”

In ad­di­tion to the South African acts, Matekane said they would also fea­ture lo­cal artists.

“Lo­cally, we se­lect artists that are not yet in the spot­light so the event can be their ca­reer break. We also fea­ture artists who have been per­form­ing at the ho­tel from time to time,” she added.

The three-mem­ber group last per­formed in Le­sotho in De­cem­ber 2015 in a sold-out show held at AVANI Maseru Ho­tel. Dur­ing the show, some of the Jo­han­nes­burg-based group’s fans were un­able to en­ter the venue as it was filled to ca­pac­ity.

Con­sist­ing of Buh­leben­dalo Mda and brothers Luphindo and Nt­sika Ngxanga, The Soil draws from the un­ac­com­pa­nied harmony singing tra­di­tion of South African mu­sic, which they have con­tem­po­rised with a laid-back fu­sion of hip-hop, soul, jazz and afro pop.

Nt­sika told the Week­ender this week from his Jo­han­nes­burg base that Theo Mat­shoba had been stand­ing in for Mda since Jan­uary this year since the lat­ter was cur­rently train­ing to be­come a tra­di­tional healer.

He said the show was part of the group’s “#Ex­pe­ri­ence The Soil” tour which be­gan in April this year, with Le­sotho be­ing their first stop out­side South Africa be­fore they also per­form in Swazi­land.

“We have been tour­ing South Africa since 29 April un­der the #Ex­pe­ri­ence The Soil theme in which we per­form in var­i­ous African lan­guages.”

Nt­sika said the group in­cor­po­rated Le­sotho in their tour due to the suc­cess of their last per­for­mance.

“The re­cep­tion for our show in Le­sotho was amaz­ing, with some peo­ple queu­ing out­side the venue way be­fore the show started and singing along with us dur­ing the per­for­mance,” he said.

“It would be un­wise for us not to come back and show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion with a bet­ter show than the first since Ba­sotho showed us so much love. Since our last visit, we have been learn­ing proper Se­sotho, and not the type that is mostly spo­ken in South Africa. So, our fans should ex­pect to hear a cou­ple of songs in Se­sotho. We feel very much at home when we are in Le­sotho and that will give us the op­por­tu­nity to learn more of the lan­guage.”

Nt­sika also said fans should not be wor­ried about the ab­sence of Mda, since Mat­shoba was up to the task.

“Mat­shoba was se­lected with Buhle’s ap­proval, and she has giv­ing won­der­ful per­for­mances. The show will be an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce her to Ba­sotho while we await Buhle’s re­turn in Au­gust.”

To spice up the event, he said they would col­lab­o­rate with a yet to be an­nounced lo­cal artist.

“We in­vited artists from Le­sotho to send us clips of their per­for­mances. The artist we feel has what it takes will get the op­por­tu­nity to share the stage with us on Fri­day, much like we did with Kom­manda Obbs last time,” said Nt­sika.

“We will re­hearse with the lo­cal artist or group prior to the show. We might even do a col­lab­o­ra­tion.” THE Soil was founded in 2003 in the Soweto town­ship of Jo­han­nes­burg South Africa. When it was launched, the group was called Par­ti­cles of the Soil and con­sisted of more than 25 mem­bers who whit­tled down to three over the years.

Buh­leben­dalo Mda also known as “Soil Sis­ter” is the group’s vo­cal­ist, Luphindo Ngxanga also known as “Master P” is the group’s beat-boxer and vo­cal­ist while Nt­sika Ngxanga also known as “Fana-tastic” is the group’s main com­poser and vo­cal­ist. Theo “Songstress” Mat­shoba joined the group in February this year as a stand-in for Mda.

Luphindo and Nt­sika are bi­o­log­i­cal brothers, with Luphindo el­der by two years. Mem­bers of the group met in high school in 2003 and got their break in 2005 af­ter com­pos­ing 10 songs.

The Soil has since re­leased two al­bums; The Soil (2011) and Nos­tal­gic Mo­ments (2014). The Soil went on to achieve plat­inum sta­tus, with sales reach­ing over 50 000 copies. Nos­tal­gic Mo­ments won the Metro Mu­sic Awards best pro­duced al­bum award and best duo/ group al­bum award.

Last year, the group was nom­i­nated for a BET Award in the Best In­ter­na­tional Act: Africa cat­e­gory.

One of their songs was fea­tured in the Amer­i­can ac­tion thriller film, Dark Tide, star­ring Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.

Their mu­sic has also been de­fined by them and oth­ers as “Kasi Soul”; “Kasi” is a South African slang word used pre­dom­i­nantly by the black youth which means “Town­ship”, there­fore “Kasi Soul” means “Town­ship Soul”.

The group has per­formed in the United King­dom, United States, Re­union Is­lands, Tan­za­nia, Chad, Swazi­land and Le­sotho.

Acap­pella group The Soil mem­bers (from left) luphindo Ngxanga, Buhle Mda and Nt­sika Fana Ngxanga. Theo Mat­shoba (inset) will stand in for Mda.

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